more political than police work. good morning to you, welcome to al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live in new york. chaos and violence erupting in eastern and southern ukraine in what became the country's blood yesterday in three months. the worst standoff occurring in odessa, where officials say violence clashes broke out between pro-russian and ukranian supporters. it turned into a deadly fire where 31 were killed. ukraine launched an offensive further north. five rebels, two civilians and two ukranian soldiers were all killed. kiev's assault expanded 10 miles south to the town of kramatorsk. troops regained control of several areas. lawmakers vowed not to stop before eastern ukraine is under control. we go to donetsk for the latest.
>> reporter: information comes out in an irregular way. the interior minister announced on his facebook page, not an official channel, that the ukranian military retook a television tower some 10 miles, 15km or so south of slovyansk. that was a tour which had been tape by pro -- taken by pro-russian separatists. what the separatist did was take off ukranian tv channels, stop them broadcasting. the ukranian army retook the tower. you can see perhaps obviously why that is important. information is vital in this unrest here. it's important to get information to the public, and information from both sides. so a tactical decision to target that tv tower, and what appears to be a successful operation. >> we are here on a road side north of donetsk awaiting the
eminent arriving of the o.s.c.e. observers. there's a large contingent of vehicles preparing to take them further south to donetsk. the security staff are twitchy. we have been told that figures who may wish us ill are perfectly aware of our location here. everyone is on a high state of alert. what we have been told in relation to the freedom of the o.s.c.e. observers is that a joint effort was made with the russian special envoy luke jip together with the council of europe. they came at 5am, baste at down, and special envoy lukin went into slovyansk to secure the release of the detainees. all 12 have been released, making their way south, carefully and slowly. because of the situation, the security situation on the roads, coming south, and we are told they have been delayed a little
because of unrest, fighting in a little town north of here. that was al jazeera's paul brennan reporting. more on the crisis in ukraine coming up. in a couple of minutes we'll go live to kiev to discuss the latest outbreak of violence. the first of a deadly virus has been confirmed in the united states. middle east respiratory sinned grown, m.e.r.s. , has infected 370 people in saudi arabia. it was delivered two years ago. last year there was a 90% jump in new cases in the middle east. the c d.c. says it was a matter of time before it reached our shores. >> reporter: health care officials are scrambling to track down people who travelled the same route as a man who, according to the c d.c. has tested positive to the deadly m.e.r.s. crisis. the patient just returned from saudi arabia.
he left rhiad, connected through heathrow. he took a bus to indiana, where he fell sick and ended up in the hospital. the deadly virus hit the health care industry in the middle east. the fatality is high, but the risk of outbreak is low. >> there's not been a clear case of person to person transmission outside of the health care center yet. i think we need to keep it in perspective. health officials say it originated in the middle east, in camels and spread to european countries. it's estimated to have infected 600 people resulting in 200 deaths. now there's no specific treatment, cure or vaccination. >> most of the cases, the vast majority are in the middle east. it can progress fast and has a fatality result. people that have the infection that dice is 30%.
contrast that to 1% for the flu, and you get a good idea of how severe this infection can be. >> speaking of severe, the virus is similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or s.a.r.s. which killed 800,000. >> overseas, the syrian city known as the capital of the revolution is under government control. rebels handed over control to bashar al-assad's forces after a ceasefire went into effect. the 48 hour deal allows hundreds of trapped fighters to leave. civilians were allowed out, but armed groups were mained in the past. it is one of the hardest-hit cities. u.s. troops in afghanistan are on standby to helped find victims of a mass arch. on tuesday a huge area was wiped out in badakhshan. search crews dig for people buried under the mud.
president obama says america is ready to help while relief agencies focus on 4,000 left homeless. local police are doing what they can for the survivors of the landslides in northern afghanistan. they are handing out water and food to the villagers. on saturday morning rescue teams struggled to reach the people buried under the mud. roads to the village are open. they are said to be unstable for heavy machinery. >> translation: now we can only help the displaced people. those trapped upped the landslide and lost their lives, it's impossible to do anything. they are dead. >> rescue operations have been hampered by difficult conditions due to the heavy rips that northern afghanistan. 180 people died and thousands homeless. president hamid karzai ordered erm si re -- emergency relief to
meet the village. roads to the village were open. passage was not suitable. the afghan government has not so far requested assistance. july elections this thailand could be delayed. opposition party leaders said political reforms are needed before going to the poll and are calling for a 6-month delay. anti-government protesters halted elections whilst trying to oust yingluck shinawatra. a judge in northern island granted police more times to question gerry adams. the sin finn leader has been in custody for ordering the kidnap and murder of a mother of 10. police have until sunday to charge or release adams. a dark side within the northern island police is
threatening split cap stability here. according to shin finn martin mcglynnize, there's anger over the way they are dealing with gerry adams in connection with murder over the troubles. >> it is clear that there arements oft psna. some of that force - and i mean senior people and these are people that work to an agenda. . >> gurr ci adams -- gerry adams denies a link to the murder of
jean mcconville. >> gerry adams arrived voluntary, he is under arrest. his detention has been extended under the terrorist act. belfast international image is on the up. old tensions are never far from the surface. sin fenn says some police are against the police process and have been told this by reformers within the force. other political parties, attacked for their views, hope the crisis will not disrupt process. >> i think northern island have moved a distance from where we used to be. the violence cannot be compared to what i experienced as a young person. that undercurrent of disrespect for the rule of law, the belief that is residual, that we can have recourse to violence when we do not like the political outcome is there and rife. >> mr adams arrest, says sin
finn has been deliberately made. they insist he'll be exonerated. >> the ira killed nearly 800 people in the late 20th century before agreeing to a ceasefire. the trial before the three al jazeera journalists detained in egypt has been adjourned to may 15th. our colleagues have been held for 126 days. they are accused of providing a platform for muslim brotherhood, now declared a terrorist organization. their seventh court appearance coincided with world journalist day. mohamed fadel fahmy is being honoured in canberra. we now have a report about journalists all over the world ricking their lives. >> reporter: a group of journalist were detained friday.
clarisa ward with c.b.s. described what happened. >> we had to stand against a wall with our hands like this. our belongings were stripped and tape. >> also detained and make mike. he wrote in a tweet:. >> last week journalist simon was abducted and taken into captivity in ooen ukraine by pro-russian -- eastern ukraine by pro-russian forces. >> they pulled a hat over my eyes. went through my pockets and took everything i had. took my coat off of me. threatened to make me get op my knees. didn't end up doing that. and then they taped my hands behind my back. and, you know, threatened to shoot me a couple of times.
the procedure seemed like the purpose was to intimidate me as much as possible. >> in syria journalist was named one of "time" magazine's influential people. he said he and his colleagues have to hide. >> douglas's an open press is essential for society. >> an attack on press freedom anywhere is an attack everywhere. >> he commented on the situation in egypt. >> it needs to get back on a path towards democracy and understand that freedom of expression is one of the underpinnings of democracy, like rule of law, reconciliation and tolerance and report if earn. >> richelle carey reporting. al jazeera rants all charges --
rejects all charges against its staff and demand their release. the woman at the center of the l.a. clippers arrestist comments, and denying that she was donald sterling's girlfriend. a former drug dealer who didn't think he would live long enough to graduate from high school. a programme that turned hits life around. >> less than a week before south africa goes to the polls. a deeper looks at the country two decade after apartheid.
a live look at churchill downs where they are getting ready for the 14th running of the kentucky derby, the annual horse race the first leg of the triple crown and more than 150,000 people are expected to attend. good morning to you. welcome back to al jazeera america. live from new york. i'm morgan radford. the woman who recorded l.a. clippers's opener donald sterling's racist comments speaks out. what she says about her relationship with the
billionaire. first, the temperatures across the country with meteorologist eboni deon. do you have your big hat ready for the kentucky derby? >> of course the folks enjoying it will have nice weather. great news around the area for the derby today. we are starting off dry. there's a few passing showers in the vicinity, but it doesn't look like it will damper things too much. weak areas of low pressure spinning. bringing rain across michigan, and as the front continues to make the way to the east and front, it will make its way to the north-east. it will stay on the mild side. we'll have a mix of showers and sun. the rain fall not too widespread in the north-west. unsettled weather through the weekend. it'll be a soggy area. central and south florida, where a boundary will make its way through, bringing in rain. we saw record amounts in miami. across the southern plains, this
is the area where the heat will be felt, temperatures soaring through the day. this will last into the weekend early next week. high temperatures above average climbing to the 90s. we could deal with triple digit numbers. with little humidity and it will make you feel cooler. if you head out early around the memphis area, houston at 61 - cooler air in place. that's where we'll see the frontal boundary. dragging down canadian air. the heal really toasting things here across texas. we are seeing low 90s around dallas. >> what i wouldn't give to be in dallas and feel the sun. now returning to the top story, the bloody conflict in ukraine, here to discuss the latest violence is a freelance journalist joining us there
live. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are
still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the situation as bloody as possible with a lot of casualties especially among civilians. and to use this situation maybe as a possible pretext for
invasion or trying to destabilize the kiev go. obviously at this point the predisposition of russia is to get rid of the kiev government. >> i want to go back to something you said. you said russian operate is are trying to keep things as they are. does vladimir putin see this has a vote of confidence to bring more of ukraine into russia? >> i talked with a lot of locals in ukraine. they are not supportive of joining russia or to be annexed.
they are scared and sick of what is happening in eastern ukraine especially with the armed men raiding the cities. what is often missing, especially in local media coverage, that the people are also not supportive of kiev government. and we saw rent spols clog that -- polls showing that the majority of locals are skeptical of a possible legitimacy of kiev government. this is very top and delicate balancing act for kiev, restoring order in eastern ukraine, and at the same time not to scare off locals that are not happy to see army troops on the ground either. >> a freelance journalist based in kiev, max im, thank you for being with us. the woman who recorded donald sterling's racest rant is blacking her silence. she tells abc news the l.a.
clippers opener is not a racist and she's not his girlfriend. in a television interview she stood up for sister-in-law saying he -- donald sterling saying he came from a different generation and his actions should speak louder than his words. >> you just left donald sterling. what is his state of mind right now? >> confused. i think he feels very alone. >> you do not consider him a racist? >> no, no. >> do you think he should apologise. >> absolutely. >> do you think he will apologise? >> only god knows. >> she went on to stay that she loves donald sterling like a father. coming up at 8am more on donald sterling's controversy and what he said in his first public comments. active psychosis that's how the lawyer of a teen accused of killing a classmate is describing his client.
16-year-old christopher showed no emotion during a court appearance on friday. he's accused of stagging marin to death before a junior prom. prosecutors say he'll be tried as an adult. a hearing has been set for moment month. teachers believe they have discovered a formula to spot kids that may drop out of school. how one high school doubled gradation rates with this programme. this boy spent the majority of his 17 years as a gang member and drug dealer. >> three times. >> his life was so desperate he was planning on dropping out of high school this year to make money. >> surviving. trying to be the man of the house after dad left. that's when it started. everything started when my dad left. i needed him.
>> he said his plans changed thanks to a programme called diplomas now. >> if you don't wake up, you'll fail. >> the theory is that as early as sixth grade you can spot children that may drop out of school. the method borrows from data mining, sorting through statistics to diagnose problems. each week a team meets in the war room, identifying students who are in danger of dropping out, focussing on attendance and behaviour. each student is assigned an academic coach, social worker and tutor. >> they are not dumb. they don't have the support to feel that they are capable of accomplishing what they are capable of doing. >> don't loamas began as a pilot programme. it's operating in 40 middle and high schools cross the country. >> in the first year the diploma
arrived. the high school's graduation rate went from 42% to 87%. >> it's a monumental deches capturing the students and being able to give them the extra assistance that they need. >> what work can we use as a sin on om. >> it's plunded through a $30 -- funded through a $30 million grand through u.s. government and diplomas. this boy's grade have approved. he atralents to the turn -- attributes to the turn around of the team working with it. saying the members took an interest and focuses on him. >> this is the picture i painted. look at me now. i made a new picture. >> he now is determined to boost the statistics for his school by graduating. carol city identifies 150 to
200 students through that programme each year. the effort to found kidnapped school girls in nigeria goes global as leaders across the world speak out and against the abductions. officials are confused about who is missing. >> the number of americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped to lowest levels since 2008. some say it gives false hope. plus historical treasure, a black and white film capturing a notorious moment in
clashes erupting in the black sea city of odessa between pro-russian and ukranian supporters. nearly 14 were killed, 31 from a government building fire. this comes as kiev continues its military assault on separatists in eastern cities. u.s. troops in afghanistan on standby to help find victims of a mud slide. a village was wiped out in the hills killing 2,000 people. a res would you operation is under way as search crews dig for varied people. a virus infected 300 people in saudi arabia confirmed in the united states of the the m.e.r.s. virus has no specific treatment, cure or vaccine ace. c d.c. says 400 cases are confirmed in 1300 cases. breaking new this is morning out of somalia. an explosion killed at least 7 people and injured several others.
the bomb went off near the turkish embassy in mogadishu, and the attack is the latest in a string of bombings attributed to al qaeda-linked al-shabab rebels. we'll have more information as it becomes available. more famine and widespread disease s atrocities that are sip on mouse with the african continent. not all is off. africa is on the rise and urged developed nations to help. kerry made the assertion in a washington post op-ed saying the continent saw income rise 30%, seven of the world's fastest growing economies are in africa, and not to mention g.d.p. will rise 6% in the next 10 years. the burden of africa's success is wasted each and every year on corruption. >> presidential elections are said to take place next week in
south africa. for the first time, south africans born after the end of apartheid will be able to vote. nelson mandela made history becoming the first black president. many say now that they are disillusioned. we go to johannesburg. good morning. nelson mandela's party is seen as a front runner. a growing number of south africans are aligning themselves with the opposition. why are many saying the a.n.c. is not living up to the promise it once held? >> well, it's all about shifting allegiances and people born into the country born to a free south africa. they don't have the deep connection to the a.n.c., the party of liberation or of nelson mandela. the opposition parties, like the democratic allowance, where
there's remnants of the crowd ganned me. they say they are the ones to carry his legacy forward. there has been a lot of improvement, but it's been marred by corruption so parties like the ba and potential are trying to exploit the failings and the lack of service deliver in rural areas. >> you mentioned exploring the fail lings -- failings. what about those born after apartheid, voting for the first time. how involved are they now they have power at the ballot? >> it's extraordinary. men alive remember apartheid. for a lot of young people they have a problem that countries over the world have voter app
athy. it's a crucial election demographic if you like. too many born frees are eligible to vote. they are a drop in the ocean of voters. by 2019 it is expect they will account for a third of the number of voters. what do they want. do they care about the a.n.c., apartheid or nelson mandela, or do they care about jobs or economic growth. they are leaving universities. the country has one in four unemployment, 25%. there aren't enough jobs. parties like the da are saying that we are the ones creating the economic growth that will bring you the jobs that you need. >> al jazeera tania paige joining us from johannesburg. thank you for being with us. the u.s. is offering to help locate 300 young girls abducted by a school in niamey, by a -- nigeria, by a rebel group boko
haram. the girls have been missing three weeks. some were forced to marry their abductors, others sold to fighters. rely tists are criticise -- relatives are criticising authority, saying they are left with more questions than answers. >> reporter: confusion continues over how many girls were abducted by harmed me in north-eastern nigeria two weeks ago. police say 276 girls are missing out of 300 initially taken. a figure higher than what was reported by the government and military. police say it was because they were visiting children from other schools, unaccounted for. some relatives say this might be true. several of his nieces were abb doubted and are missing -- abducted and are missing. he came to the capital to try to
find them. >> there are other girls from our community, from the broader area. and what all the secondary schools. when parents are called to right down children's name, maybe because of significance and communication. they were not informed. >> the -- nobody knows where the girls are. people think the armed group boko haram kidnapped them. the group attacked skills, like this one in february. boko haram is against western education and insists despite the uncertainty over the number
of girls missing, it's doing all it can to find them and go after boko haram. >> unfortunately i think it is far from the truth when government effort - the insurgency is a failure. >> the families are worried the girls may never be found. >> various governments are involved in trying to find the missing girls, which may contribute to the confusion over how many are missing. niamey demanded a -- nigeans demanded a coordinated response. this week a bipartisan group of united states senators introduced a mesh aure condemning the -- measure condemning the abduction. look at this video. hundreds of african stormed a fence. border police tried to stop them crossing.
140 got through. it's an attempt by african migrants to enter europe. 50 drowned as they tried to make their way into a spanish enclave in jan. >> in the battle between apple and samsung looks like neither is getting away with a clean slate. both were found guilty of patent breaches. samsung has to pay $125 million. apple infringed one samsung pattern costing them about $158,000. the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in five years. it's currently at 6.3%. last month the economy added 300,000 new jobs. we take a deep ever look at the numbers and explain why the unemployment rate may be dropping for all the wrong reasons. >> reporter: not all working age
americans are considered part of workforce. that's how the u.s. bureau of labour statistics calculates the labour force participation rates. where it stands casts a shadow over the unemployment rate of 6.3%. >> economists want to see unemployment drop. in april, more than 800,000 men's left the workforce, bringing the participation rate to 62.8% much the same level as december when it hit a 35-year low. >> labour force participation tanked in the weak of recession, falling 22 personnel points. economists at the federal reserve bank of philadelphia attribute 30% to 2012 to discourage job seekers giving up the hunt. 80% was down to baby boomers
retiring. april's decline was drich by a fall in the number of unemployed entrants to the workforce and people re-entering after an absent. it suggests that congress cutting emergency unemployment has driven hundreds of thousands out the mash and they may be lost for good. >> if the economy ads jobs at the pace in april, they could entuesday the long-term unemployed to find work again. >> we had tepid job growth this year and at the end of last year. this jobs' report showing 300,000 jobs have been created may lure people to the labour market. >> joining us to break down the jobs numbers and business topics is david nelson, chief strategist at bell point asset management. thank you for joining us. let's talk about jobs. unemployment rates down to 6.3%, and it hasn't been that low
since 2008. why the improvement. >> well, let's talk about the numbers first. the headline numbers look good. 288,000. 6.3%. when they look down and dig to the numbers, it's not as bright as it seems. the bad number that exists in all of this is 800,000 jobs and people that left the labour force. that is a bad number. it's been declining for years. it speaks to both political and secular issues that take place. >> in what way? >> on the political front the administration has not put toot pro-growth policies that are needed to kick this economy along and get us into the next leg of the recovery. on a secular issue, it's not talked about enough. we have been exploiting jobs for decades. for a lot of reasons. we live in a global society and
competition around the world is strong. we no longer in this country have advantages that we had decades ago. very educated workforce around the world. that is competition for us. the good news is that around the world some of these countries are boosting wages to some workers. u.s. companies are starting to rethink whether or not they'll put a manufacturing facility overseas. maybe we'll get the jobs back over time. >> you mentioned the political element and the secular element and that the administration has not done enough. what is missing. what could be done. >> let start with tax reform. clearly they are uncompetitive. we'll talk about the reasons why some companies are moving their base overseas. there's bipartisan support for tax reform. we can't get anything done.
that is also the fault of congress. both sides of the aisle have a lot to answer for. >> when it's said and done, are you saying the numbers are not showing the improvement we hoped. >> it looks like it's a great number for sure. it's snapped back from the numbers we yrl in the i don't remember and reenporeses the idea that a lot of weak s was a result of weather. that is true. >> i want to move forward to technology. you mentioned some companies, we saw legal rang lipping between apple and samsung. apple were awarded damages and then samsung a couple of hundred from ipp fringements to its patent. >> it was never about the money. $2.2 billion, $5 billion, $10 billion, that's petty cash. it doesn't mean anything. what this is about, it goes back
to the days of steve jobs who said to his employees that he wanted to wage a holy war against google whose android operating system is the heart of a samsung phone. the pat ept go on, back and forth. i haven't had a chance to talk to analysts. i doubt anybody will change anything. for me as an apple iphone user, i look at the phone, puck up a sam -- pick up a sam suping phone and there's similarities. i'm not surprised by this. >> do you think it's over. more to come? >> i think there'll be more lawsuits. technology changes so fast. if they settle the lawsuits we'll move on to something else. over the next patent they'll sue again. >> thank you so much for being with us. president obama weighs in on the debate over capital
punishment, comment coming on the high schools of oklahoma's botched executionful drugs used to put this man, clayton lock et to death didn't enter his system. the mishap was not noticed until 21 minutes later. by that time he started convulsing and the execution was forced to stop. he died of a heart attack. president obama said states should reconsider the death penalty for a number of reasons. >> we have seen significant problems, racial bia uneven application of the death penalty. situations in which there were individuals on death row who later on were discovered to have been innocent because of exculpatory evidence. and all these, i think, do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being
applied. >> the justice det said it would re -- department said it would review how executions are carried out and they didn't address race and wrongful convictions. crossing the border can be dangerous. in america's ground-breaking "border land", we see how treacherous it is. >> the women go to a nearby pharmacy. . >> they have shots. they know they'll be raped. they know the sacrifices they have to make to have a better
life. . >> it's sick as a woman - not only do you have to be worried about getting sick, breaking an ankle, but gating raped. >> the final episode airson al jazeera america this sunday. rare footage of one of the darkest moments in baseball came to light. 1990 world series, the black sox scandal was found in a remote town in canada. the series between the white sox and cincinnati reds. eight members of the whoout sox
were banned for life for accepting bribes and throwing the series. life on the streets for some vulnerable americans. >> shot at, stabbed. i was in and out of juvie. >> the effort to help children in one city where more than 10,000 of them are homeless. plus - the view from above. amazing images captured by drones of the aftermath of tornados, and rioting on the streets of kiev. what some say about it might amaze you. >> rain is winding up for some, but creating flooding concerns. i'll have the details. r
baltimore maryland where half-a-dozen cars sanction. crews are working -- sank. crews are working to clear the debris. the street battered by heavy rain for two days, and then buckled. residents may not be able to return home for 40 days. no one was injured. welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. coming up next - the rules that say you can't simply fly a drone wherever you want. first a look at the forecast with meteorologist eboni deon. >> it is going to be soggy for some areas. where we saw the landslide around the baltimore and d.c. area, a few showers, but not what we started with. we did see over 4.5 inches of rainfall. now we are focussing attention across central and south florida. this is where the frontal boundary lies. this is where the gulf moisture happens and bringing down moderate to heavy rain fall.
the heaviest of the rain is around the tampa area. around 4 o'clock we'll see the flood watches lifting. for now, do expect a wet start to the day, and the rain will be heading to south florida as well. into the eastern areas. we talked about the d.c. and baltimore area, a lot of clouds. the front pushing offshore. not a lot of rain. we'll watch pressure across the midwest. it is building across the southern plains. hot and dry. cool and showery across the upper midwest, where we are expecting a few more showers. >> drones are once again hitting the headlines. this time the faa slapping a fine on a man whose drone hit two buildings. these unmanned vehicles are playing a greater role in news gathering. washington is watching. >> reporter: above the
devastation in arkansas some of the first images of the tornados aftermath were from drones. they offered striking and instantaneous coverage of the disaster. small remote controlled and ready to go, they are becoming a go-to-tool in news gathering. we have seen them hovering over wild fires and capturing scenes of lose. the unmanned vehicles recorded the crisis in ukraine, as seen with remarkable pictures of the conflict in kiev. here in u.s. the next destination may be court. the issues include the first amendment - the right to privacy and air safety. consider the arkansas video. the faa is investigating its use it document the tornados. where does the issue stand. for the faa it is simple. the agency says:
. >> violators can be hit with a $10,000 fine. conflicting rulings makes people question how much authority they have. many say the faa's investigation into drone journal. >> poses serious questions about first amendment rights. more than 1 million kids in the u.s. don't have a place to call home. experts say they are a difficult demographic to track and because of this it is increasingly hard to help them. bisi onile-ere spented a day on the -- spent a day on the streets of new york. >> reporter: nearly 35,000 people in metro detroit are homeless. of them one in every three is a child. many of these children come from broken homes. young lives afflicted by drugs,
violence, abuse and neglect - seeking refuge on the streets. danny and stephanie are outreach workers for the nonprofit covenant house. >> how old are you? >> 15. >> why aren't you at school? you late too? >> it's their job to search the city for homeless youth and show them a way out. >> what's up, man? >> floyd, who is 22, has lived in this old junkyard for 10 years. >> what you are doing is literally strip mining the grouped for old pieces -- ground for old pieces of metal, iron or chunks of copper to recycle it to make some money. is it convincing floyd to leave will not be easy. it's not always this hard. >> there were times when i was shot at, i was stabbed, got - i
was in and out of juvie. >> sexually abused and abandoned by his parents, 19-year-old ronny harrison reach out to covenant house in november. he earned his g.e. d and has a job. without help, he says he would be dead. now he sees a future. >> when i leave outside of these gates, i want to leave with a purpose. >> covenant house helped more than 54 homeless youths since 1957. the challenge it and others work to to reduce childhood homelessness is great. there are over 30,000 homeless children in michigan. there have been modest successes. the total homeless declined in michigan from 94,000 to 93,615 in 2012. >> the challenge is how can we respond enough to all that is out there.
>> if you need help, i cap give you a roughly. >> until the challenge is met, danny and stephanie say they will not stop searching for those that have no safe haven. . the mona lisa is going up for option, the "one set imaginenta", dating mack to 1856 -- back to 1856. it could be worth up to $20 million. it's one of the first in the world. it goes on sale at sotheby's in mid june. >> here and what we are following for you. violence escalates in ukraine. more than 30 died when a building was set on fire in odessa. >> the first case of mirs turned up in the united states. a patient is being treated at an indiana hospital. more than 2,000 people killed in north-east afghanistan where recent heavy rains caused a landslide to cover the
welcome home. tens of thousands of children abducted and killed fighting a war they know nothing about. al jazeera is there as a child soldier returns 13 years later. >> reading braille, i think, for me personally i don't have the time or the brain space. >> it's been the primary reading and writing tool for blindpeople for two centuries. now what may be the beginning of the end for braille. violent clashes in southern ukraine leading to a deadly fire at a government building as people suf kate and jump out of window trying to avoid being burnt alive. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america, i'm mad norred in national park. it was -- morgan radford in new york. it was a bloody day in ukraine. clashes between pro-russian and ukranian supporters brock out. 31 were killed in a building
fire. ukraine continues with a heavy assault an pro-russian activists. >> rebels, civilians and ukranian soldiers were kill. this comes as european military observers held captive were released. al jazeera's paul brennan is in donetsk. i understand the freed observers arrived there. is that true? >> in the last 20 minutes we witnessed the handover of the o.s.c.e. observers and the ukrainian military personal who were with them at the time. a total of 12 who came from the road behind me, from the north, slovyansk, released this morning. handed over here in the last 20-25 minutes and on the road further south to donetsk. huge relief. they hugged supporters, the liaison officers, if you like. this was negotiated by the special envoy of vladimir lukin,
together with a contingent from the council of europe. we understand that from dawn they gathered here, lubin went ahead into slovyansk, met with the mayor of that city. he agreed to let the me go. they came here. they looked well and tired. they were relieved and said they were hoping and looking forward to getting home. they said that they - they paid tribute. he is a separatist leader who, at one time described the me as prisoners of war, then his guests. the men said when he said he would keep them safe they were gracious about the actions as they headed off down to donetsk. >> so a successful resolution. talking us through what is happening in the east. what is kiev's end game here? >> well, kiev's end game is to
retake the cities, which have been controlled by pro-russian separatists. kiev's stance is that the separatists are led by professional mercenaries and the concern is that the actions of these managersan ris is leading to huge instability and the possibility that the east may slip out of kiev's control. that said, the acting president mr oleksandr turchynov before the nothingsal 4-day -- national 4-day holiday said he would not allow it to slip away. there has been a significant increase in the military and security force activity. as you say, there has been a renewed effort for a second day around slovyansk. we have seep a tv tower retaken by the ukranian military and it had been seized by pro-russian militants and had taken ukrainian channels off the air. now they are back on the air,
information, of course, vital in this wide-open aridable land. it's important that the information rasps the people that -- reaches the people that live here. the end game is the etaking of the cities. >> paul brennan reporting. >> the crisis in ukraine was front and center at a white house meeting between president obama and angela merkel. michelle kai [s] [e] [r] has that store -- libby casey has that story. president obama and angela merkel stood side by side and spoke with one voice. >> if, in fact, we see the disruptions and destabilization continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional more severe sanctions. >> translation: i agree with the
american president. they are not an end in itself. combined with an offer that we want diplomatic solutions it's a necessary second component to show that we are serious. >> what form the sanctions are are not known. >> germany rles on russia -- relies on russia for gas. >> energy flows conditioned during the height of the cold war. the idea that you turp off the tap -- turn off the tap on russian oil and gas exports, i think, is unreallistic. >> barack obama said sanctions could hit the armed sector, finance or lines of credit for trade. the two world leaders held their first meeting in three years, the ukraine crisis bringing them together in a way ta looked
unlikely. germany's leaders are angry over n.s.a. eaves dropping on angela merkel's private phone calls. the chancellor saying there's room to cooperate. >> translation: there are differences of opinion over what balance to strike over surveillance to protect sit dispns and preinging the privacy -- citizens and protecting privacy. >> president obama was pawned to see the degree to -- pained to see the degree to which the edward snowden dislorms affected his relationship with germany. he tried to reassure. >> i have taken the unprecedented step of ordering our intelligence committees to take the rive si interests of non-u.s. persons into lent. >> the two-parted ways without hammering out a no-spy pore
intelligence-sharing agreement. the president saying the u.s. doesn't make an arrangement with its closest partners. >> we are following developments throughout the morning and up to the minute information log on to aljazeera.com. >> u.s. troops on standby to find victims of a massive mudslide. on friday a village was wiped out, killing more than 2,000 people. a rescue operation is under way as search crews dig for people buried under the rug. the focus helping 4,000 left homeless. >> they spent the night in the open and during near-freezing temperatures, looking over what used to be their homes, and praying for any tine of life. >> translation: everyone is trapped here. >> even hours after the landslide priorities shifted
from trying to find survivors to keeping those that did alive. >> due to the nature of the catastrophic event is any likelihood of recovering people alive in the situation is now - has disappeared. so at the moment we are focussing on getting shelter materials, nonfood items and food and health facility yits into place. heavy rain caused the side of the mountain to collapse. mud and rock swept into the village behind. many were buried. 4.5,000 people were in need of shelter. >> i ask the business me as well as the african government to provide humanitarian assistance to various people. >> volunteers from the villages came to the area of afghanistan
with shovels to help rescuers. roads have been dammed by rain and cannot take the machinery used in such developments the the hillside is unstable adding to feels of another. so far the afghan government has in the requested assistance from u.s. and nato forces. malaysia airlines reached out to grieving families of flight 370. according to a statement relatives will be getting some degree of financial compensation. it doesn't mean they can't claim compensation later. according to a report it took malaysia airlines controllers 17 minutes to realise that the tlight vanished from radar screens. a virus that ipp fected nearly 370 people in saudi arabia is confirmed in indiana.
middle east respiratory syndrome was discovered two years ago. last month alone there was a jump in the number of new cases in the middle east. the c d.c. says it was a mart of time before it reached u.s. shores. >> health care officials scrambled to track down people who travelled the same route as a man who, according to the c d.c. tested positive to the virus. the patient was a health care work are who returned it saudi arabia. he left riyadh on april 24th and finally landed in chicago. he took a because to indiana, he fell sick and ended up in the hospital. a deadly virus hit the health care industry hard. fatality rates are high. experts say the risk of an outbreak is low. >> there's not been a clear case of person to person transmission outside of the health care setting yetment we need to
keep -- yet. we need to keep this in perspective. >> the virus originated in the middle east, in cam else and spread to european countries. it's estimated to have infected 600 people, resulting in 200 deaths. there's no treatment, cure or vak sipation. >> the vast majority of cases are in the middle east. it can progress fast and has a mortality rate that foks who have this infection, that dice, 30%. contrast to to a fatality rate of 1%, and you get an idea of how seize the respiratory infection can be. >> the m.e.r.s. virus is similar to s.a.r.s. which killed 800 peel in the early 2000s. heavy storms swept through the tampa bay area on friday. rain and flooded streets left
drivers scrambling to find alternate groups. police were responding to multiple calls. >> al jazeera's meteorologist deepwater horizon is here with a look at the fore -- deepwater horizon is here with a look -- eboni deon is here with a look at the forecast. >> showers and storms around florida, we have a flood watch in effect until 4:00 pm local time. this is the area that has seen record amounts of rain fall in the tampa bay area. as more rain comes down, it will add to concerns. across this area, it will not move that much. ones it does, it will make its way into south america, leading to showers and thunderstorm activities. we are not expecting to see severe weather. we are deal with moderate to heavily rain showers, with
moisture pouring in. high pressure is building in, giving way to the drier sides across the southern plains and the south-east with the exception of florida. as we take a look along the northern tier, cool are air thanks to a week frontal poundry. there's a few showers associated with it. it doesn't look like it will dampen of the festivities. it is showery around james wisniewski. eventually into the north-east where conditions will stale mild. we have the clouds to start. there could be isolated rain showers. make sure you have the umbrella. the n.b.a. playoffs reached a fever pitch with five games heading to game 7. the acks on the court is overshadowed by the donald sterling saga. jessica taff joins us to discuss the weekend in sports.
>> every day we get a new dose of donald sterling new froms his battle with prostate cancer and a meeting with the owners. the latest words from donald sterling, and the interview of a woman and her take on the man herself. rrnalts the spotlight should be on the excitement of play-off basketball. saturday marks the first time in league history that three games will be played on the same day. adding to the mix the drama for the grizzlies play without dispak rand afl suspended for a late pump to the jaw of steve adams. he becomes the first player to mess a game 7 for even reason for missing the season and scoring the series. >> the focus shests. the woman with donald sterling talked on camera for the first time since the n.b.a. suspended
and fined donald sterling, telling barbara walters she was not a girlfriend but a personal assistant and she doesn't think she's a racist. >> reporter: don't they sound recessist to you? >> i think that the things he ace is not what he feels. >> asked as to whether donald sterling should apologise, she said absoluteliment as for the open are, the only remorse comes from how he handled the situation. donald sterling hasn't spoken publicly, he told an l.a. magazine "i wish i paid her off". the n.b.a. is not the only league addressing racism. bruins fans were nasty on twitter after pk assault occasioning actual bodily harm jip, a black player scored two goals, including the game winner in the overtime victory. the president sent out a statement saying:
he is letting his play do the talking, getting two goals he's not answered questions. it's something that needs to be looked at. >> is this something we would have heard about if we hadn'ted been in the midst of this donald sterling saga. im that's the question. the fan base and the leagues are different. i think it's an issue that racism has been there, a silent thing. both leagues are stepping up. players and people are talking about it and are being socially conscious. most saying there'll be a zero tolerance they'll step up and abbing questions. >> a good day in sport down
soughted. >> yes, it is. we have the kentucky derby and hopefully the only controversy at churchill down will be what hat people are wearing. california prom is the favourite. chump hill downs, that's the pictures 150,000 people will be there. all you'll see is the hats. and the fastest 2 minutes of sport. the 3-year-olds, the laid yes taking the field with the horses. should be a fun day. >> thank you for scroiping us this morning -- joining us this morning. the blind have been using it to read and write for 200 years, if you read between the lines, braille may be on the way to being obsolete. why it's not practical. >> apple and samsung both guilty of stealing each other's ideas.
>> strong winds pushed ice waste inland. some smashed into homes in michigan, breaking window and damning walls. residents nicknamed this the ice tsunami. >> good morning, welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york. what could be the beginning event for braille. first, al jazeera's meteorologist eboni deon has a look at the forecast. >> it will be a cool run across the great lakes. temperatures have been running 10-15 cooler than normal. that's the way we'll keep it as we go through the day. highs in the 40s and 50s. further south, nice in chicago, mid 60, 74. up to 77 degrees in kansas city. further south, that is where things are going to sizzle. we'll deal with high fire danger across the southern plains. it will stay on the dry side.
91 in oklahoma city, 92 in dallas, low 90s around san antonio and maybe triple digit heat sunday, monday and tuesday. the heat will stick around. we'll run above average. dallas - textures into the low 90, next week into the work week text doors running where they should be. atlanta topping out at 74. >> at least 19 were injured when a new york city subway derailed. the train was in quoops when it started to shake and tilt. six of eight cars came off the track. passengers say they were trapped for two hours. new york has one of the largest public transportations in the world. here is a look at some past derailments. may last year a train went off the tracks in northern manhattan and no one was injured. in 2000 a car in brooklyn jump
off the track. more than 80 were injured, and one of the worst derailments happened in 199 is. five were killed, 200 injured when the driver was drunk during the crash and convicted of manslaughter. >> who wins in a battle between apple and samsung. the latest verdict has both shelling out big serious cash. a silicon vallie jury found breath guilty of patent infringement. sam song had to by $1 toy 25 million. apple was said to infringe on one of the samsung's patents costing them $158,000. braille is declining. fewer than one in 10 who are legally blind are able to read braille. new technology made the system outdated.
we have this report on how some who are visually impaired are fighting to save braille. >> joy schumack are sits in front of her computer screen. she is not reading. she is lipping. words are red back to her using a text to talk device. schumacher is legally blipped and has been progressively losing her vision since the age of 12. she never learnt braille. thanks to technology schumacher believes she'll never have to. >> reading braille, they don't have the brain space. for 200 years, reading by touch as been the standard way for blind people to read and write. in the last decade braille has fallen out of favour. the national federation for the blind said fewer than 10% of the blind people in america know braille. >> it's a pathway for literacy. it's reading and writing.
thing about raising a child. if they don't learn to read and write, that's a problem. daniel miller, the director of talking book library is working to teach younger generations this they miss important cells like spelling and rely on high-tech devices. >> the problem lies in not teaching kids, you have a generation that can't compose an email or read information in a data ways to do a job. it's a choice, but if you don't learn it you don't have the chose. in the aim of convons miller -- convenience miller admits braille may not be appealing. this is the braille version of twilight. it's four volumes. this is the audio version. bral is expensive to public. libraries are investing in
digital braille. transferring t to a braille-display keyboard. the key boards can cost up to $5,000. blind braille library researchers say that there'll be a reason to learn traditional braille. >> noeling braille, it's the way in which i'm literate in the way that knowing print means a site person is literate. >> braille, a system of population believes it's vootal to hold on -- vital to hold on toment. >> more than 1 million in the united states are classified as locally blind. >> thousands killed by warring tribes in south sudan. secretary of state john kerry steps in. his bid to end the blood shed after the break. >> tens of thousands of children tape from their homes and forced to fight. one of them returns home after 13 years. al jazeera was there to capture
good morning to you. welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york. these are the top stories. ukraine suffering its most violent day in three months. clashes erupting in odessa. nearly 40 were killed during the stand off including 31 from a deposit building fire, coming as kiev continues a military assault on separatists in the
eastern city. u.s. troops in afghanistan on standby to find victims of a massive mudslide on friday. a village was wiped out, killing more than 2,000 near kabul. a rescue operation is under way as search crews search for people buried under the mud. >> the first confirmed case of a deadly virus in the united states. there are 400 cases of m.e.r.s., it's been found in an indiana man who travelled to the middle east. the virus has no specific treatment or cure. >> secretary of state john kerry arrived in ethiopia hoping to broker an end to violence gripping the country. >> reporter: when he asked in juba it was clear the u.s. secretary of state was serious about trying to bring an end to the bloodshed that began in december. what started as a political
conflict between the president and his former deputy rapidly descended into violence. john kerry went to the office of the president, where he had a commitment to discuss the transitional government. >> i made it clear to him that he needs to do everything in his power to pd the violence, and also to begin a process of dialogue, a process by which there is beginning of real discussions about a transition government that can bring peace to the country. >> a transitional government was the political solution that john kerry brought with him. the conflict moved on from being a political one to something based on ethnic divisions the continuing reprisal attacks might mean that it's dito stop the fighting in the future. age the depth of the problem.
kerry said that thousands more peacekeepers are needed in the country. >> we need to secure a united nations council mandate. i believe it can be done quickly. it's important to deploy the troops as rapidly as possible. how rapidly? hopefully within the nest few weeks. >> the problem is fought along ethnic lines between the dinka and nuer lines. >> these people have been at this u.n. base, too afraid to return to their homes. >> he made it clear that this is unspeakable. wear joined by -- we are joined by simon adams, from the
global area the protect. why are we seeing secretary kerry go to africa. what is he trying to akey? >> there's a couple of things. he's concerned about a couple of conflict in africa that has shaken people's faith in the future. most obviously in south sudan where he was yesterday and the central african republic. many believes it was a president that would be actively engained. it's not a country. it's a country of 55 billion people. we are starting to see tapes from the united states and rita jeptoo because of the forwards about -- secretary of state john kerry because of the fears in the lucas carrshes. >> it is -- in central african
republic. >> john kerry said the us is willing to step up support. but they need to do their part. who do you think john kerry is looking to see change specifically, and where do you think he wants to see it. >> it's a fair point made the not one that african leaders or many haven't made themselves. there's obviously a gap between the rhetoric of some leaders and the reality on the ground. particularly in the situation of south sudan. he sent a strong message to the rebels. also to the government itself in kiev, keeping in mind that america has been the principle backer. they played on important role. it's been a crucial international ally since independence in 2011. this was a clear message coming from the highest levels of the u.s. government about they need to stop the atrocities, there needs to be accountability and
negotiations. speaking of accountability, there are other errors that warrant tapes. what do you make of a decision to visit angola. >> that was the one that surprised me. having said that. the president has played a positive role in the great lakes region. it played an important role in decreasing tensions in the caet lakes, it was -- great leaks it was partly about that. if you are a little more sip agle. you -- cynical, you may say america gets a fair amount of oil. it's the largest exporter of african oil. there's that element. the primary purpose was because of the role the president played in the region. into you mentioned the role that the president played. coming back to president obama, and criticism that, look, maybe he hasn't down nuf in kaveh,
what is yet to be done. what can the u.s. do now to increase it. >> when i lied in africa, when president obama was elected, and i remember celebrations in the streets. i was living in south africa. in tanzania and other places i would visit, you would see pictures of president obama and the president of africa. they were unrealistic expectations that he'd maying av -- make africa the number one priorities. he came in as the president in a difficult time. i think he tried to give africa tappings, it probably hasn't been as. with regards to, again, some of the conflict in the democratic republic of congo, and in south sudan, in central african republic, they have got the point where u.s. leadership has been seep to be lacking -- seen to be lacking. i don't think it's the casement
i think there's a lot going on behind the scoops. this is about pushing somebody out front in front of the cameras and a visible message september to african leaders and the world about u.s. engagement. >> thank you samon adoms, executive director of the global center for the responsibility to protect. in africa, 13 years after being forced to be a child soldier a man from uganda returns to his home village. he is one of hundreds kidnapped and forced to fight for the lords resistance army. malcolm webb what is with him on his return home. . >> reporter: when he was so dennis was abducted from his fill vig -- 10 years old dennis was abducted from his village to become a member of the lord. it was 13 years since he
escaped. >> translation: many children were beaten to death. you have to follow orders or they kill you. you have to follow orders until a chance comes to escape. >> in recent weeks this center run by world vision has been his home. at the peak of the war hundreds of child soldiers came through. murals they painted are here. most of them will never come home. a trickle of soldiers escape, now grown adults. it's their job to counsel them. >> it's a problem. psychologically they recall. >> dennis completed his causingment it's time to go home. he was a boy since he last saw family and neighbours. since then he was forced to mamp hundreds of kilometres across four countries.
he says he as seep and done many things that he doesn't want to talk about. many child soldiers were forced to kill relatives or neighbours and are scared to go home. they do not know how people will react. 2km from depize's village people come running. he's made to tread on an egg. he's safe. >> reporter: all of the people from the vouching villages -- surrounding villages have come to join in the celebrations. many assumed dennis died. his parents carried out a funeral ritual in the absence of a body. he's home and alive after 13 years in the bush. people are delighted. >> then he arrives. thousands of abducted children are killed.
many will not make it. we have been following breaking news in somalia where an explosion killed seven people and injured several others. the bomb went off near the turkish embassy at mogadishu, and is the latest in a stripping of bombings in a city attributed to al qaeda-linked al-shabab rebels. today is world press freedom day, around the world people are honouring journalists. on this day al jazeera is urging the egyptian government to release colleagues and do not have the freedom to do their jobs. stephanie debar has more. for more than four months our colleagues had their freedom denied by the eanyone shan authorities. mohamed fadel fahmy, peter greste and mohamed badr will appear in court on sat. egypt's foreign minister was challenged by charlese rose. >> those of us in the world of journalism are concerned about
that. >> i appreciate that. you haven't done this in your system. our president september letters to -- september letters to the families of two accused. >> i'm aware of that. >> even though he's a jum, he wanted to assure them one, that there would be due pros, he said he couldn't intervene in the process. but, again, the cases are before the court. i can't legally comment until it finishes. i tell you again if a journalist commits a crime, he does not have immunity. >> the prosecution hat not been able to prove -- has not been able to prove wrongdoing. >> the evidence has been reports some of which has nothing to do with the case. footage of peter greste in somalia when with b b.c. aud audio recordings that are barely
audible. this is the landmark and key evidence that the prosecution presented. >> a fourth al jazeera journalist from the arabic network, has bp detained without trial. >> this is un% dented case. we have never seep this globally. any government go after an international news network for nothing more than doing the work and using terrorists-retted charges to keep them in custody without evidence. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges against its staff and continues to demand immediate and unconditional release. the network urges the egyptian government to take the opportunity of world press freedom day to do the right thing - free our colleagues and journalists deprived of their freedom. >> it's a daupting ask --
daupting -- daunting task for members in columbia trying to find men buried in a mine that collapsed. the mine was operating illegally. they are not sure how many are under the debris. large machinery is being used. columbia has 10,000 mines, many do not comply with safety regulations. in 2013, 15,000 asylum seekers ricking their lives trying to get to australia. we have this story. >> this woman visits her brothers grave. he was killed in an attack. she sent three of five children to australia. spite the risk of people smugglers, she hays her fam -- she says her family is safer. >> i was separated from my children because of terrorism.
the routes they took were dangerous. they are far away, at least they are alive. >> for this woman and her family. they are sheer muslims. they are known as hazara. close to 1,000 people have been killed in targeted sectarian attacks >> her daughter is in western java. her mother paid 8,000 for her and her brother. they never made it. she left pakistan after her home was attacked and she received death threats for doing her job. >> a bomb attack destroyed my home, killed one, serialed
wounded another. >> she teaches english to other asylum seekers whilst wait are for australia to accept her status. she would never risk travelling with people smugglers. >> i don't want to rick my life. it is totally connected to my family in pakistan. they need foe more survival. >> she these stay in indonesia for three years before australia will accept her as a refugee. >> my drother in australia is so young. he experienced hardship. if i reach australia i'll work and pay for his registration. hopefully one day we'll be together again. >> travelling from pakistan to australia took her months. across asia and on a boat to australia christmas island, he
arrived in 2012, a time when australia system allowed refugees who came by boat to stay. he represents a room in aous in this suburb of melbourne and says the risks of getting here were worth taking. >> we put our life in the palm of the hand. >> it is on an application visa meaning that in time he can become an australian citizen. he cannot afford to study and is looking for work. >> i don't want to lose my mum. the way she talks on the phone of course i'm nervous. >> he risked his life to get to australia and for now at least is safe.
a situation not shared by his family scattered thousands of kilometres apart. it's estimated the 0% of those fleeing the -- 90% of those flees violence do so. >> uruguay is putting laws into effect as to how marnal is grown and consumed. users can by up to 40 grams at a pharmacy. they must be permanent residents over the age of 18. india has one of the worst pollution, competing with china. people in the city are trying to find better ways to get around. government officials debate if this is more of a help or a new sans. >> reporter: they have become a common site. fully electric, the rickshaws
offered an environmentally friendly alternative. people take them and they compete against cycle rickshaws and those powered by natural gas. this man made the switch last year. >> translation: passengers prefer these. they travel faster. you koog take two people -- can only take two people. they are late sometimes. >> not everywhere is happy pt the delhi high court ruled that the government needs to regulate them. under counter laws they can't go after e-rick shaw drivers. >> they are not prosecuted was they don't follow legal technicals. a legal tangle is stopping it. >> there's more. a government commission recently reported that many of the erickshaws are more powerful
that they are supposed to be. he is waiting for the government to instruct the police on what to do. >> part of the popularity is anyone can drive one of these. a happy medium between slow recycle rick shaws, these are not as environmentally friendly as they appear. >> this man, who sells and repairs erickshaws says the batteries have to be ley placed and with no recycling available dangerous chemicals end up in the lapped fills. business is down because the threat of regulation. he is war jid to erick shaws will come upped the motor vehicle law and businesses day out. >> if not things will be fine. if they come upped the law and they are expensive on top of the batteries, there's no life ahead for it. >> there are about 100,000
erickshaws on the road and all the drefs can do is wait for a government decision on reg oulation to go down -- regulation to go down. only then will they know what regulation looks like. >> helping new orleans find its face a decade after hurricane katrina. sink sink. [ singing ] the nonprofit record company helping to revive the big easy's music scope. >> made it real for me that people really care about me. >> cancer nearly took this man's life. one community is using is to show everyone's neighbour how much they missed him.
>> from day one he's been an amazing neighbour. >> take a walk around the little neighbourhood in houston, and there are chairs everywhere. they are called chairs for charlesly in honour of their beloved neighbour who found he had cancer. the neighbours love him strolling down the street so they made is easy for him. >> making it real for me. people care about me and are looking out for me. the love of his neighbours makes him stronger. he intends to walk to the end. good morning, welcome back to al jazeera america. the nonprofit record company helping new orleans find its voice. first, eboni deon with a look at the forecast. >> it's foggy across parts of florida. rain coming down this morning, and unfortunately we are steel dealing with the threat of
fluting across the central areas and raining heavily at times. >> we are expecting to see rain. later in the day rain and possibly a bit of snow along the northern tier. >> thank you. when you think of new orleans, you think of food and fun. that's what they have been doing. the scraz and her tinge fest -- jazz and heritage festival is wrapping up. after hurricane katrina, the music scene survived thanks to the effort of the folks at this record label. we caught up with them. ♪ i'm the train they call ♪ city dot goit date
>> after katrina, new orleanians were scattered around the country. my wife and i lost everything. >> i didn't know what to do, there was no to play. seven years ago in 2007 i was at a backyard party and fundraiser. >> we were trading songs. after the set a guy came up saying you guys are wonderful. you should make a record. i said sarcastically we can't make rent let alone make a record. he smiled and said "how much would you need?" we said probably $10,000. we were astoupded he got in
touch two weeks later and said "where do i send the check, and when the record comes out. you'll pay the money back. some people have put of $5, they have been unemployed, but they really want to help new orleans." they paid the money back in an i can't remember, and the idea was to raise money for other artists and loan it for them. that was the start of the thread-head records. >> we lone the money to fusicians they make the cd. there has been a few that struggled to pay back. i believe this. that the musicians, some of them that struggled will eventually pay pack.
>> trying to get support is difficult, specially in this day and age. have you to do it yourself or be fort fate to come as soon as a group such a group. >> in the eight years that they've been doing that they have raised $700,000. that is changing the face of new orleans's music for generations to come. for more than 40 years, gloria has been the face of filminism. we talk to her. what is a paint-coloured getto. >> a surface job. waitressing, carer. they are the jobs we can't outsource because they involve personnel service, and those are very, very disproportionately people lal. >> watch her interview on "talk
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